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Assange & Davies Again
First excerpts from the official police protocol.
STOCKHOLM/LONDON (Rixstep) — Alan Rusbridger, David Leigh, and others at the Guardian defended the skewed report written by Nick Davies on the official police protocol on the Assange case that dropped like magic into their laps.
Nick Davies translated the documents, wrote Rusbridger. And it was also claimed that - for some unspecified and inexplicable reason - further damaging information was filtered out of the Guardian report. As if this were an act of kindness towards the WikiLeaks frontman.
The full police files require a lot of study but one thing is apparent from the get-go: all that was filtered out were excerpts that showed Julian Assange in a positive light and cast further suspicion on his accusers. The Guardian piece was without question a 'hit piece'.
This is the first of what may be several articles discussing the official police protocol from the preliminary investigation of the accusations made against Julian Assange by Sofia Wilén and Anna Ardin.
√ The first interrogations were 'conceptual'; later interrogations were recorded and transcribed after the fact.
√ Some of the most interesting details are not what the proponents had to say but what the witnesses could offer.
√ At least one comment refers to sex between Assange and Ardin as impossible because Ardin is known to be a lesbian.
Anna Ardin told a colleague after the fact:
'I was really proud I got the world's coolest man in my bed and living in my flat.'
- Anna Ardin
Part of a conversation between a police interrogator and a key witness went something like this.
('FL' == förhörsledare, the chief interrogator; 'XX' == the witness.)
FL: Did you ever get an idea of Julian's attitude towards women in general?
XX: Women in general. This is just as difficult question as asking about Anna's attitude towards men in general.
FL: OK but I was thinking if he'd expressed something you reacted to or if he in some way showed...
XX: No, I can instead say it's like I said, that during the two weeks I was with him he is an awful chick magnet.
XX: But more from a very gentlemanly way with women. And later I understood afterwards, putting one and one together, that it was probably a lot of girls who did everything they could to get into bed with him. And I don't know where they ended up but now it sounds like it can be a real lot who succeeded. But I didn't see anything unusual in his attitude towards them.
XX: But on the other hand as I said, there's a strange attitude towards men with Anna Ardin and her friends. And that's what I brought up with this...
FL: Yes precisely.
XX: This little anecdote. But it was a feeling that kept on all evening from some of the girls at the crayfish party.
XX: And as I said, I got a little, little weird vibes. This happens now and then especially in the universities, you run into something that... I really don't know how to express this because it's coming out sooner or later in the evening tabloids, but it happens, happens now and then that you run into young women who've taken... They've completed a journey, there in the name of feminism so they tend to be just as chauvinistic as the most chauvinistic men can be, but on the feminist scale. And it often expresses itself that they, certain young women can then talk about men as sexual tools and that they're not needed for intellectual conversation. And that it's only men who, or only women who, need one another. So maybe it's more a thing for my generation, maybe you've never run into it, but I run into it quite often, above all in the universities.
It's already become known that Anna Ardin boasted to her friends about having Julian Assange at a crayfish party; it's shown above that she told a colleague how chuffed she was at having landed him in her flat and in her bed; but Anna Ardin also took the opportunity at the crayfish party to jibe openly with Assange in front of the others to further strengthen this impression.
The testimony of the proponents is very much as people have come to know it: varying stories and complete disbelief on the part of Julian Assange. But a few twists do remain and they can be covered in future articles.
Remaining is simply to conclude the Guardian piece was a 'hit piece' - written by someone with a grudge.
I'm so sick of it all. Will it never end? At any rate I want to say the other girl's just as much to blame.
- Anna Ardin
Apparently Swedish laws are unique. If you have a penis you're half a rapist before you even get through customs.
- Scott Adams
If I am able to reveal what I know, everyone will realise this is all a charade. If I could tell the British courts, I suspect it would make extradition a moot point.
- Björn Hurtig
I can tell you that the Swedish prosecution still hasn't provided copies of those SMS texts that have been referred to. Those texts are some of the most powerful exculpatory evidence. In Australia prosecutors have a very grave duty to disclose such evidence to courts when seeking the grave exercise of a court's power against an individual. Yet in Sweden in this case, in the first hearings to obtain an arrest warrant, those texts were not submitted to the Swedish court, which is highly improper.
- James Catlin
The prosecutor could achieve this broadening of the law during Assange's trial so he can be convicted of a crime that didn't exist at the time he allegedly committed it. She would need to. There is no precedent for this. The Swedes are making it up as they go along.
- James Catlin
Julian Assange will surely learn that considering what WikiLeaks has published, he's got a few enemies in the Pentagon, the CIA, and the White House. Sweden began an investigation into rape which was later dismissed. Assange was even denied residence in Sweden. One can only speculate to what extent the security agencies of the US were involved. And considering the obvious interest of the US to silence WikiLeaks, is it likely Assange will have an accident of the 'Boston brakes' kind in the coming years? Or will he be snared with compromising information of the 'honey trap' kind?
- 'Drozd' at Flashback 23 October 2010
The truth will out, the truth wins out. Let no journalist ever again speculate into what the protocols say. Six months of digging and the people at Flashback have the actual documents. The sleaze printed by rags such as the Daily Mail, Sweden's Aftonbladet and Expressen, and perhaps above all the toxic Nick Davies of the Guardian, can stand no more. Yet more: these documents are an indictment of the 'news organisations' who've printed deliberate inaccuracies all along or even worse: refused to print anything at all. Nick Davies' account of the protocols was maliciously skewed; both Aftonbladet and Expressen had copies early on and printed nothing. Bloggers had copies but arrogantly kept the information to their Smeagol selves.
- The Assange Police Protocol: Translator's Note
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Industry Watch: Assange: The Hornets Nest
Hall of Monkeys: Three Women II: The Sex War
Red Hat Diaries: How to Rape Julian Assange Twice